Blogging in the Obama era

posted at 2:58 pm on March 9, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

CNN asks the question: Whither the liberal blogosphere in the Age of Obama? Mark Preston asks Markos Moulitsas and Jane Hamsher how having a Democratic shutout in Washington DC will affect their blogging (via The College Politico):

Liberal bloggers were the cyber cheerleaders for Barack Obama in the 2008 race for the White House. But now that he has won, these “netroots” activists face a major challenge: criticizing the new president and his administration. …

Liberal bloggers spoke early and often about holding the Bush administration accountable, but will they do the same to the Obama White House?

“I think our challenge is that line from destructive criticism to constructive criticism, because there is going to be criticism,” Markos Moulitsas, founder of DailyKos.com, said in a recent interview. “The issue is how we manage that and it’s a fine line and it’s very tough sometimes.”

Moulitsas and Jane Hamsher, founder of firedoglake.com, stopped by to talk about liberal blogging in the Obama era as well as their new political venture to help fund primary opponents against Democrats who they believe are not representing their constituents’ views.

“We want to be responsive to people, to what constituents want,” Hamsher said. “Not what the corporations want.”

Yeah, they’re off to a great start — ignoring Obama and attacking Rush Limbaugh.  One would think in perusing the Leftosphere that Rush got himself elected Speaker of the House in November.  Now that George Bush (their Great Uniter) has left the political stage, they’re scrambling for villains.

They’re going to find the next two years tough sledding.  They can’t blame Republicans if the economy continues to flop.  Obama and the Democrats now have to lead rather than criticize from the sidelines, and liberal bloggers will spend a lot more time issuing press-release defenses of bad policy as a means of avoiding electoral defeats down the road.  Republicans did the same thing 2001-06, offering attacks of Democratic arguments more than actual Republican policies.  It’s the nature of partisan politics, and the blogosphere is no different than water coolers in that regard.

I think the more interesting question is Whither the Rightosphere?  I’d expect better organizing efforts over the next couple of years, as the passion will switch sides as conservatives and Republicans go on offense.  That doesn’t necessarily translate to immediate electoral success — the Democrats lost ground in 2002 and 2004, remember — but the same market forces that shaped the Left will do the same for the Right.

The Rightosphere will probably get a lot healthier, in terms of traffic.  Our traffic here at Hot Air has reached November 2008 levels.  Other conservative blogs have seen similar increase in traffic and interest.  Frankly, I’m surprised that traffic didn’t tail off like it did after elections in 2004 and 2006 — happily surprised, of course.  It’s an indicator of energy and enthusiasm that I believe will pervade the conservative activist base and portend interesting things for 2010 and beyond.

CNN promises at the end of the piece to discuss the impact on conservative bloggers.  I’ll look forward to that segment.

Update: Jonah Goldberg says, “Independent?”  They’re deeply connected to the Democratic Party, especially Kos himself.  That’s by intent, but the political editor at CNN appears confused.  Read it all.

Update II: I have to admit that I missed the significance of the “I think our challenge is that line from destructive criticism to constructive criticism, because there is going to be criticism” line from Markos.  That’s an interesting admission, considering the Left’s vapors over Rush Limbaugh the past few weeks.  Can we use that admission as a confession to the new “treason” that the Left has suddenly discovered?


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Yeah, they’re off to a great start — ignoring Obama and attacking Rush Limbaugh. One would think in perusing the Leftosphere that Rush got himself elected Speaker of the House in November. Now that George Bush (their Great Uniter) has left the political stage, they’re scrambling for villains.

Love, friendship, respect, do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something.
– Anton Chekhov

MB4 on March 9, 2009 at 3:04 PM

“I think our challenge is that line from destructive criticism to constructive criticism, because there is going to be criticism,” Markos Moulitsas, founder of DailyKos.com, said in a recent interview.

So, is Kos admitting here that he and his vassals used to engage in destructive criticism in their daily screeds?

As for the right-leaning blogs, the real trick will be to keep the opposition to Obama and his administration a fact-based opposition. The last thing we need is to emulate the “rooted in insanity” netroots opposition to GWB.

Mibrilane on March 9, 2009 at 3:04 PM

They can’t blame Republicans if the economy continues to flop.

I suppose we’ll see about that.

kc8ukw on March 9, 2009 at 3:05 PM

No worries. They have the conservatives in exile to gleefully trash.

OmahaConservative on March 9, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Why is it that Kos can admit to using “deconstructive criticism” against Bush and get zero heat from the media? But when Rush says, in an admittedly incendiary fashion, that he wants the President’s policies to fail he gets pounded by the media?

Interesting isn’t it?

thecollegepolitico on March 9, 2009 at 3:05 PM

once again the Left are doing, what they accuse the GOP of with Rush. The left/idiot blogs practically run the DNC

jp on March 9, 2009 at 3:06 PM

The Bush Derangement Syndrome nutroots are suffering from withdrawl. They need a fix.

Wait, there’s Rush! Commence firing! Fire at will!!

swede7 on March 9, 2009 at 3:06 PM

They can’t blame Republicans if the economy continues to flop.

Didn’t you get the memo? Bush is responsible for the state of the economy a year before, eight years during, and two-to-four years after his Presidency. Just keeping repeating your mantra: “It’s all Bush’s fault.”

calbear on March 9, 2009 at 3:09 PM

As for the right-leaning blogs, the real trick will be to keep the opposition to Obama and his administration a fact-based opposition. The last thing we need is to emulate the “rooted in insanity” netroots opposition to GWB.

Mibrilane on March 9, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Excellent point. Keep your eye on the ball.

swede7 on March 9, 2009 at 3:10 PM

They’re going to find the next two years tough sledding.

Liberal blog bailout time! Now Soros can keep his money and get taxpayers to foot the bill.

zmdavid on March 9, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Breaking News:

Obama’s Net Approval Index falls to a new low; down to +6 after being as high as 30+ just 1 1/2 month ago.

Seems to drop every day now….

Norwegian on March 9, 2009 at 3:11 PM

These guys are such a waste of skin.

trigon on March 9, 2009 at 3:12 PM

are we honestly supprised. I mean honestly, if they want to keep their favored status they need to pull their heads out of the sand and trash equally.

Yngmarine on March 9, 2009 at 3:13 PM

They can’t blame Republicans if the economy continues to flop.

It’s been working for them so far.

CDeb on March 9, 2009 at 3:13 PM

If Kos was to criticize the ‘ONE’,
they would be branded as Liberal
Heretics, and be burned at the stake
at the ‘Alter of Liberalism’,

me thinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on March 9, 2009 at 3:14 PM

Consistency has never been of the Liberals’ strong points.

Mibrilane on March 9, 2009 at 3:15 PM

As long as there is at least a Republican dogcatcher in Podunk, North Dakota, Kos will have plenty of evil conservatives to whine about.

Speedwagon82 on March 9, 2009 at 3:15 PM

Excellent point. Keep your eye on the ball.

swede7 on March 9, 2009 at 3:10 PM

There are always kook-conspiracy people around. I can’t work up too much angst about it. The only reason the the anti-Bush kooks mattered was because they are in the media.

zmdavid on March 9, 2009 at 3:16 PM

–$473,000 for National Council of La Raza (which has
supported radical Mexican nationalism within our borders)

Dr Evil on March 9, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Excellent point. Keep your eye on the ball.

swede7 on March 9, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Quite frankly, I don’t think that keeping it fact based is going to be all that difficult. ;-)

Mibrilane on March 9, 2009 at 3:16 PM

The lefitist blogs get funded by Soros and Unions, the SAME funders of the DNC.

Lefty nutroot crazy blogs are in the pocket of the Democrat party. Zero independence, they are puppets.

TOWNHOUSE Email Group anyone?

Topsecretk9 on March 9, 2009 at 3:18 PM

Does Kos run the Democratic party?

faraway on March 9, 2009 at 3:18 PM

“I’d expect better organizing efforts over the next couple of years, as the passion will switch sides as conservatives and Republicans go on offense.”

…………. anyone care for a spot of tea?

Seven Percent Solution on March 9, 2009 at 3:18 PM

So is Kos admitting that before now, their purposeful intentions were destructive criticism? It sounds to me like the Left wanted Bush to fail or something like that.

TheNolan on March 9, 2009 at 3:19 PM

………..anyone care for a spot of tea?

Seven Percent Solution on Mar 9,2009 at 3:18PM.

Seven Percent Solution:

Thanks for asking SPS,but I already have a fine cup of
Canadian tea on the go,

ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh,you
meant Tea Party!:)(I,m kidding you SPS)hehe!:)

canopfor on March 9, 2009 at 3:27 PM

They can’t blame Republicans if the economy continues to flop.

Of course they can continue to blame Bush, till Hell freezes over and after that, and they will… just watch them….

the truth has never gotten in the way before, why do you presume they will start now?

max1 on March 9, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Why is it that Kos can admit to using “deconstructive criticism” against Bush and get zero heat from the media? But when Rush says, in an admittedly incendiary fashion, that he wants the President’s policies to fail he gets pounded by the media?

Interesting isn’t it?

thecollegepolitico on March 9, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Maybe it sounds better if you use multi-syllabic words?
(a bit snarky, perhaps).

cs89 on March 9, 2009 at 3:30 PM

“We want to be responsive to people, to what constituents want,” Hamsher said. “Not what the corporations want.”

They work to elect better, non corrupted by corporate dems.

Perhaps cons should follow their lead.

getalife on March 9, 2009 at 3:31 PM

“I think our challenge is that line from destructive criticism to constructive criticism, because there is going to be criticism,”

And that says it all right there. They never said it when Bush was in office, but now they (or at least Kos) have admitted they were out to destroy Bush’s Presidency.

Assholes.

crazy_legs on March 9, 2009 at 3:33 PM

They can’t blame Republicans if the economy continues to flop.

I believe you underestimate how deeply dishonest the political opposition is, and will continue to be, especially with the help of the MSM.

Physics Geek on March 9, 2009 at 3:34 PM

“I think our challenge is that line from destructive criticism to constructive criticism, because there is going to be criticism,” Markos Moulitsas, founder of DailyKos.com, said in a recent interview.

Oh my, the hypocrisy of that statement cannot be understated! For 8 years the left-tards continued to find many creative ways to criticize Bush and his administration ALWAYS in a destructive way, yet never once offering constructive criticism to better the nation for all Americans, but instead offered only vile destructive criticism in order to get what they wanted, but now that they have Obambi in office they want only constructive criticism…F-OFF!

Proof once again that the left are fair weather Americans and not true Americans, for had they been true Americans they would have used their criticism in a positive manner to work for solutions regardless of the administrations party affiliation!

The hypocrisy of the left makes me want to vomit!

Liberty or Death on March 9, 2009 at 3:35 PM

whenever I see this guys mug, I’m thinking Curious George.

JohnBissell on March 9, 2009 at 3:35 PM

Playing defense is always much harder than offense. It always much easier to crap all over other peoples’ ideas than to come up with and defend your own.

BohicaTwentyTwo on March 9, 2009 at 3:36 PM

They work to elect better, non corrupted by corporate dems.

Perhaps cons should follow their lead.

getalife on March 9, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Soon they will be overcome by their concern for President Obama’s mental health, as we all are now.

genso on March 9, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Conservative (and conservative bloggers/commenters) need to stop playing the game per Liberal rules.

Stop being politically correct.

Stop crafting your message to appease the Left–instead, craft your message per your principle and convictions.

Stop worrying about invites to Inside-The-Beltway cocktail parties.

Stop nitpicking Conservatives who actually got off the fence and acted.

Stop treating Moderates as anything else than Liberals. You know, it’s a healthy thing to have debate. But stop treating the Trojan Horses amongst us as if they belong.

Let them create their own Party of Appeasement.

Montana on March 9, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Got to do something, because no one can defend The Acting President Obama — Attack Limbaugh.

tarpon on March 9, 2009 at 3:38 PM

genso on March 9, 2009 at 3:37 PM

LOL. Been reading the National Enquirer again?

They said that w saw a shrink and was suicidal.

getalife on March 9, 2009 at 3:38 PM

They’re going to find the next two years tough sledding. They can’t blame Republicans if the economy continues to flop.

They’ll try. Left-wing nutcases like Olberskank, Madcow, and Maher keep harping on the GOP as if they’re still in power.

Doughboy on March 9, 2009 at 3:40 PM

The Rightosphere will probably get a lot healthier, in terms of traffic. Our traffic here at Hot Air has reached November 2008 levels. Other conservative blogs have seen similar increase in traffic and interest. Frankly, I’m surprised that traffic didn’t tail off like it did after elections in 2004 and 2006 — happily surprised, of course. It’s an indicator of energy and enthusiasm that I believe will pervade the conservative activist base and portend interesting things for 2010 and beyond.

My collie says:

What you may not be aware of is that a significant (but undisclosed) portion of this extra traffic can actually be traced to the other dogs that I have been secretly teaching to surf/lurk. My statistical projections suggest that by the year 2013, a majority of the internet addicts out there will be of the canine persuasion — with Chinese dogs leading the way.

CyberCipher on March 9, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Screw.Them.

Christien on March 9, 2009 at 3:41 PM

LOL. Been reading the National Enquirer again?

They said that w saw a shrink and was suicidal.

getalife on March 9, 2009 at 3:38 PM

…while the normal press is now reporting Barry and Timmy are over their heads.

Chuck Schick on March 9, 2009 at 3:42 PM

As for the right-leaning blogs, the real trick will be to keep the opposition to Obama and his administration a fact-based opposition. The last thing we need is to emulate the “rooted in insanity” netroots opposition to GWB.

Mibrilane on March 9, 2009 at 3:04 PM
Excellent point. Keep your eye on the ball.

swede7 on March 9, 2009 at 3:10 PM

That is why the nirthers need to be tossed along side the truthers.

But the fact that Barry’s polices are socialist does make him a indeed socialist by fact.

tjexcite on March 9, 2009 at 3:42 PM

LOL. Been reading the National Enquirer again?

They said that w saw a shrink and was suicidal.

getaclue on March 9, 2009 at 3:38 PM

What piffle!
Whereas you are clearly delusional–If anyone is close to suicidal it’s gotta be Ogabe, whom those close to him say is “overwhelmed” by the job of being president and this was given as the reason he couldn’t properly host Gordon Brown.
Only 2 weeks ago, he told an audience that he was “good at being President.”
So insecure and out of his depth and it’s only his 2nd month!

Jenfidel on March 9, 2009 at 3:45 PM

I offered some constructive criticism on that blog.

I said Obama did not have experience so he would hire most of the Clinton team and use both Clintons for advice.

I said bipartisanship would never happen but can be used to get some gop to pass bills.

I was banned.

getalife on March 9, 2009 at 3:47 PM

I can’t wait till that chimpanzee ban passes and Kos can be put in a cage where he belongs.

Mr. Joe on March 9, 2009 at 3:48 PM

Our traffic here at Hot Air has reached November 2008 levels. Other conservative blogs have seen similar increase in traffic and interest. Frankly, I’m surprised that traffic didn’t tail off like it did after elections in 2004 and 2006 — happily surprised, of course. It’s an indicator of energy and enthusiasm that I believe will pervade the conservative activist base and portend interesting things for 2010 and beyond.

I’ve noticed the same thing, too. All hands on deck to defeat socialism.

RepubChica on March 9, 2009 at 3:48 PM

They work to elect better, non corrupted by corporate dems.

Perhaps cons should follow their lead.

getalife on March 9, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Won’t happen in any numbers worthy of significance. It is consistent with each side’s respective world view. A natural disdain for business on one side; a natural disdain for government on the other.

Difference is, one source has the power of coercion, force, and law while the other is strictly for individual empowerment through economic means.

Tyranny vs liberty yet again.

anuts on March 9, 2009 at 3:49 PM

I offered some constructive criticism on that blog.

I said Obama did not have experience so he would hire most of the Clinton team and use both Clintons for advice.

I said bipartisanship would never happen but can be used to get some gop to pass bills.

I was banned.

getalife on March 9, 2009 at 3:47 PM

I have new found respect for you.

carbon_footprint on March 9, 2009 at 3:49 PM

“We want to be responsive to people freeloaders, to what constituents freeloaders want,” Hamsher said. “Not what the corporations want.”

Fixed it for Jane Hamsher.

They can’t blame Republicans if the economy continues to flop.

Oh, yes they can. And they start with Hoover; laud FDR (for reasons still unknown); mumble something nice about Truman; ignore IKE, laud JFK (ignoring his tax cuts); complain about Nixon and blame Carter’s difficulties on Nixon and Ford; blame Reagan for greed (ignoring his tax cuts); point fingers at Bush 41; attribute all gains in the 1990s to Clinton (ignoring the GOP Contract with America and the floodgates Clinton opened for Fannie and Freddie); ignore Democratic interference in housing reform during Bush 43’s administration.

Their story is whatever they and the media say it is.

CNN promises at the end of the piece to discuss the impact on conservative bloggers. I’ll look forward to that segment.

David Frum will be the only one contacted. If by then, David Brooks and Kathleen Parker host blogs, they’ll be contacted too.

BuckeyeSam on March 9, 2009 at 3:50 PM

carbon_footprint on March 9, 2009 at 3:49 PM

The bad word on leftists blogs during the primary was Clinton.

Now they respect the Clintons.

getalife on March 9, 2009 at 3:52 PM

getalife on March 9, 2009 at 3:38 PM

I know you want to make light of Obama’s mental exhaustion to hide your concern. Hopefully it will not cause him to make even more mistakes before he gets some help.

genso on March 9, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Opportunities for right-leaning blogs should be great, I am sure Ariana Huffington is planning a party switch sometime soon. I can say for certain she is one former Republican I am glad to see gone. If the left blogs get in trouble maybe it’s because all their armies of posters are trolling the right blogs. I am sure they can call them back home for a boost until we roll Dems out of Congress in 2010. If they fail before that, well my heart pumps purple piss for the loss.

msmveritas on March 9, 2009 at 3:53 PM

I was banned.

getalife on March 9, 2009 at 3:47 PM

Funny how you were banned for a post that had more thinking involved than the sum total of your input at Hot Air.

Chuck Schick on March 9, 2009 at 3:55 PM

Frankly, I’m surprised that traffic didn’t tail off like it did after elections in 2004 and 2006

Ed – In 2004 and 2006, I still got a lot of my news from television and newspapers, but now most of my news regarding politics comes from blogs. I still look at HA as much now as I did before the election.

behiker on March 9, 2009 at 3:56 PM

Here is his take on the gop plan:

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/3/9/134212/7946/423/706394

getalife on March 9, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Im going to go way out on a limb and say Kos is against the GOP plan, and not reward him with a clickthrough.

Chuck Schick on March 9, 2009 at 4:03 PM

“Night of the Obotomized Zombies”

AubieJon on March 9, 2009 at 4:03 PM

“We want to be responsive to people, to what constituents want,” Hamsher said. “Not what the corporations want.”

They work to elect better, non corrupted by corporate dems.

Perhaps cons should follow their lead.

getalife on March 9, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Why do the “wants” of the corporation have to be mutually exclusive of the “wants” of the constituents, especially those currently employed by corporations?

And, out of curiosity, what is the life span of a labor union without a corporation?

Neo-con Artist on March 9, 2009 at 4:04 PM

I offered some constructive criticism on that blog.

I said Obama did not have experience so he would hire most of the Clinton team and use both Clintons for advice.

I said bipartisanship would never happen but can be used to get some gop to pass bills.

I was banned.

getalife on March 9, 2009 at 3:47 PM

As for the experience issue many Americans (the 43% of Americans with a functioning synapse that didn’t vote for THE ONE) knew he was an empty suit with NO executive experience, yet the left had the gall to question Palin’s experience to be VP when she HAS more executive experience in her little pinky than THE ONE has in his entire body! Now that’s rich, I guess the empty suit is coming home to roost for the left-tards, but that’s what happens when you’re too ignorant to realize such a simple difference, the difference being the election held on Nov 4th 2008 was for president, someone to lead our nation and not for the next American Idol as the genius lefties thought!

As for the bipartisan issue, well all I can say is Obambi promised a new era of constructive bipartisanship in government, I guess he just forgot to let the GOP in on it, e.g. allowing the GOP to provide input on the first stimulus bill prior to voting! So much for all the HOPE AND CHANGE…now Obambi’s bipartisan is coming home to roost as well!

Liberty or Death on March 9, 2009 at 4:06 PM

And, out of curiosity, what is the life span of a labor union without a corporation?

Neo-con Artist on March 9, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Exactly. In fact, with all of the money the unions have, they should start their own businesses and show the world how much better a union can run a business without the greedy owners and managers getting in the way. They certainly think more of their abilities than entrepreneurs. Put up or shut up.

genso on March 9, 2009 at 4:07 PM

One thing’s for sure: traffic to liberal blogs has tanked since Obama’s inauguration. According to Google Trends, DailyKos and Firedoglake are both experiencing 2+ year lows in traffic. This was predictable – when there’s nothing to bleat about (Bush), then they go along on their merry way smoking weed and whatever naive, ignorant liberals do.

Seems like sites such as ThinkProgress are taking over some of that traffic – sites that are nothing but propaganda outlets for Democrats and liberal politicians. Less fussing, more regurgitating. That’s the state of the liberal blogosphere under Obama.

Seixon on March 9, 2009 at 4:13 PM

Consistency has never been of the Liberals’ strong points.

But then, neither has integrity.

oldleprechaun on March 9, 2009 at 4:16 PM

Why do the “wants” of the corporation have to be mutually exclusive of the “wants” of the constituents, especially those currently employed by corporations?

And, out of curiosity, what is the life span of a labor union without a corporation?

Neo-con Artist on March 9, 2009 at 4:04 PM

To your point, in 1953 Charles Wilson, GM’s former president and Eisenhower’s Secretary of Defense said, “What’s good for General Motors is good for the country.” Just recently we’ve been told that GM cannot be allowed to fail because of the impact on employment and the economy. So, what is it Democrats, are corporations at the heart of darkness, or is capitalism really the founder of the feast in America? Can we kill the goose and still have the golden egg (this isn’t a trick question and not rocket science, duh)?

littleguy on March 9, 2009 at 4:33 PM

Ed,

Have you read this, it is circulating in emails.

http://www.ask500people.com/questions/does-tim-woods-article-below-give-you-reason-to-pause

Dr Evil on March 9, 2009 at 4:38 PM

LOL, Obama whining that he didn’t start his presidency with a clean slate!!!!

Naturlich, “blame Bush” will be his death warmed over mantra for four years. Every president including Washington has dealt with the nation “as is” without all the adolescent blubbering that Obama can’t refrain from gushing. Furthermore, there’s nothing clean about Obama even as candidate; his plate has always been loaded with corruption. He can’t face himself in the Socialist mirror and runs for cover every time his reality breaks through the polished projected mask of so-called youthful, attractive, energetic confidence.

maverick muse on March 9, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Liberal blogs…headed pretty much in the direction of that wonderful nationally broadcast, hugely popular, powerhouse of liberal broadcasting…Air America.

What? Not nationally broadcast? Um, pretty much found only in a very few niche markets? Not all that popular? Not a powerhouse? Can’t even meet its payroll?

Imagine my disappointment…

What killed Air America, and will kill the liberal blogs is all wrapped around one word…as stated by

oldleprechaun on March 9, 2009 at 4:16 PM

….that word?

Integrity.

If you have integrity…nothing else matters.

If you do not have integrity…nothing else matters.

Give that a moment’s thought.

(And those liberal blogs that will survive? Check out who may be paying for them a few months down the road.)

coldwarrior on March 9, 2009 at 4:40 PM

In 1953, “What’s good for General Motors is good for the country,” GM employed American citizens in America!!!

maverick muse on March 9, 2009 at 4:41 PM

“I think our challenge is that line from destructive criticism to constructive criticism,

Bullshit. Socialists only destroy.

Maquis on March 9, 2009 at 4:49 PM

As the second update points out now Kos needs to come full circle. He gets to confront his own hypocrisy. I am from Minneapolis and Kos blamed the 35W bridge failure on Bush and Republicans. Most people still don’t know it was an engineering problem which Ed has pointed out here I think. Back to Kos he had no problem blaming everything under the sun on Bush. I don’t think he can make any compelling arguments FOR anything after watching him be able to deflect natural disasters where people, mayors and governors don’t help themselves and engineering failures on Bush.

Conan on March 9, 2009 at 4:54 PM

DKos, Huffpo and MoveOn wouldn’t have mattered one iota if it weren’t for the MSM (including Fox News, in particular Bill O’Reilly) from bringing them up all the time…oh, and Democratic big dogs giving them their time—officially.

Of course, the Leftist MSM using such sites as a journalistic source was beyond pathetic.

Now they aren’t needed. The Rahm Emanuel types are the ones that matter now-the true reins of power…The One won, remember?

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 9, 2009 at 5:02 PM

The blogs are rather funny. They need to wait until they get the news from Obama, or they race off to blast away and then find out later they are on the wrong side.

(See Geithner/banker stories/etc.)

AnninCA on March 9, 2009 at 5:23 PM

The DKOS nitwits have never had a thought in their lives. They sit in the back bedroom of their mommy’s trailer home (she’s down at the liquor store buying lottery tickets from the stack of $1.00 bills she earned last night) and wait for DNC talking points. They then add their vile language and spew it out on the web for the rest of their ilk to read and giggle with glee like 9 year old school girls as they do…

sabbott on March 9, 2009 at 5:30 PM

“I think our challenge is that line from destructive criticism to constructive criticism, because there is going to be criticism”

Yeah, Markos, anytime now….any time…..zzzzzzz….any…..

GarandFan on March 9, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Given that we are looking at a total financial meltdown. What will Captain Planet do if all the evil Corperations go bust?

Right, Like in the cartoon; fade to sunset with growing grass and unicorns playing and butterflies, birds and happiness.

Like Zimbabwe.

GunRunner on March 9, 2009 at 5:38 PM

DKos, Huffpo and MoveOn wouldn’t have mattered one iota if it weren’t for the MSM (including Fox News, in particular Bill O’Reilly) from bringing them up all the time…oh, and Democratic big dogs giving them their time—officially.

Do you remember how the MSM injected Palin rumors into the race?

The reporting would go “It is being reported in the blogs today that…”

The friggin left wing blogs gave them an excuse to cover what they were saying instead of directly supporting it as fact checked reporting.

Conan on March 9, 2009 at 5:46 PM

“We want to be responsive to people, to what constituents want,” Hamsher said. “Not what the corporations want.”

No kidding, pinhead.

The constituents want handouts and everyone brought down to their level.

The corporations want to actually produce things and provide jobs.

I wouldn’t brag about that.

reaganaut on March 9, 2009 at 6:00 PM

“ fact-based opposition. The last thing we need is to emulate the “rooted in insanity” netroots opposition to GWB.
Mibrilane on March 9, 2009 at 3:04 PM
Excellent point. Keep your eye on the ball.
swede7”

Not sure if I understand this so let me try an example:

Fact we have troops in harms way
Fact our economy is going down the “T” as we speak

Fact: Obama’s number one priority has been “Operation Rushbo”

DSchoen on March 9, 2009 at 6:10 PM

“They can’t blame Republicans if the economy continues to flop.”

Sure they can.

hachiban on March 9, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Markos is a hypocritical lying sack of poo. The dailykos has NOTHING to do with free speech or fairness. I blogged on this long ago, but what’s old is new again. Enjoy.

cannonball on March 9, 2009 at 6:34 PM

Yeah, they’re off to a great start — ignoring Obama and attacking Rush Limbaugh.

I dont really read DailyKos, but I know a bit about FDL, so I was surprised to read this.

Then I checked to see if it was correct. I quickly learned that it was not.

From the past few weeks:

Criticizing the Obama administration’s position on the Jose Padilla case

Criticizing the Obama admin’s position on marijuana

Criticizing the Obama admin’s position on the al-Haramain case.

Questioning Obama’s Iraq withdrawal plan

Accusing Obama of a bait-and-switch in regards to closing Guantanamo

Pointing out that detainee abuse has risen in the past few months

Again, that’s not an exhaustive list, and it’s just from the past week or two. Firedoglake is not ignoring Obama. Why would you lie about that, Mr. Morrissey? Or did you just assume they were and you didnt bother to check?

orange on March 9, 2009 at 8:11 PM

Moulitsas is a sissy-boy homo…

RealDemocrat on March 9, 2009 at 8:21 PM

Kos wanted the president to fail.

Jim Treacher on March 9, 2009 at 8:22 PM

“We want to be responsive to people, to what constituents want,” Hamsher said. “Not what the corporations want.”

So liberals should be against propping up “corporations” with billions of dollars, right?

What am I missing here?

nottakingsides on March 9, 2009 at 8:27 PM

They can’t blame Republicans if the economy continues to flop.

Can’t they? lol

Midas on March 9, 2009 at 8:37 PM

Don’t cry for me, Venezuela! Or er ah is that Zimbabwe.

Obama Nation = Neverland!

Dhuka on March 9, 2009 at 10:17 PM

I’ve already been scanned at my work place and approached about any blog text I wrote back in campaign days. Complicated as the logs are, I was identified and targeted. Granted perceived misuse of a work computer is one thing, but misusing the monitoring software to go after someone is another.

johnnyU on March 10, 2009 at 5:03 AM

Let them create their own Party of Appeasement.

Montana on March 9

There is a battle being waged for the Republican party. It seems to be between conservatives and pseudo-conservative elitists.
A: The elitists are using the “big tent” argument to call for “inclusion” and “open-mindedness”. This will ultimately destroy the party because it will become, by it’s own hand, a weak sister to the Democrat party and therefore irrelevant.
B: Conservatives, like me, are angered by the “moderate” tilt occurring in the party and consider leaving it to form a true Conservative party. This would hasten A, above.
The end result is that the Democrats would get their wish. The Republican party would cease to exist as an effective entity. I would go so far as to suggest this was their design, but that would be giving them far too much credit. Perhaps the only real solution is to stiffen our resolve, take the party back from the squishies while letting them have a seat at the table (God only knows how that will work) and continue the fight for individual and economic freedom.
Easy, right?

SKYFOX on March 10, 2009 at 5:49 AM

Update II: I have to admit that I missed the significance of the “I think our challenge is that line from destructive criticism to constructive criticism, because there is going to be criticism” line from Markos. That’s an interesting admission, considering the Left’s vapors over Rush Limbaugh the past few weeks. Can we use that admission as a confession to the new “treason” that the Left has suddenly discovered?

We sure can. That said, I don’t think Markos could find that line if it were 10 feet tall, covered with glowing LEDs, and sounded like a marching band beset by wolves.

unclesmrgol on March 10, 2009 at 9:17 AM

Update II: I have to admit that I missed the significance of the “I think our challenge is that line from destructive criticism to constructive criticism, because there is going to be criticism” line from Markos.

Ed, that’s exactly the point I was attempting to make in my earlier comment. Just like the left-tards proclaiming “I’m now an American” because their man is in office so too are they all of a sudden interested in constructive criticism and not destructive criticism. Proving without a doubt the left places their ideology above the good of our nation as a whole, the left are nothing more than fair weather Americans and hypocrites…period!

Liberty or Death on March 10, 2009 at 11:31 AM

So the Kos kids admit that during the last administration, their goal was “destructive criticism”.

MarkTheGreat on March 10, 2009 at 11:33 AM

They can’t blame Republicans if the economy continues to flop.

Didn’t you get the memo? Bush is responsible for the state of the economy a year before, eight years during, and two-to-four years after his Presidency. Just keeping repeating your mantra: “It’s all Bush’s fault.”

calbear on March 9, 2009 at 3:09 PM

You almost got it correct…The memo said: anything perceived as good that happened during the Bush years was a result of democrats, and everything bad from now until 2013 is a result of Pres. Bush.

Oh and GO BEARS!

JeffVader on March 10, 2009 at 12:28 PM